By Rudi Lopez, M.A., Editor-in-Chief (email@example.com)
The outstanding new documentary film The HURT BUSINESS debuts at 400 cinemas nationwide tonight. The film offers a personal and honest look inside the high-stakes sport of mixed martial arts (MMA) that drew global attention recently when the UFC was acquired by WME/IMG for $4 Billion and when championship fights were hit by a doping violations scandal. Director Vlad Yudin brought GENERATION IRON to bodybuilding fans worldwide, and made an impact on the world of bodybuilding and became one of the highest-grossing documentary feature theatrical releases of 2013 according to IMDb and Box Office Mojo. Now the director plans to do the same to the sport of MMA (Mixed Martial Arts) with The HURT BUSINESS.
“We discovered that a fascinating, violent and dangerous sport has emerged in America in recent years,” said Vlad Yudin. “I wanted to get inside the psyche of this sport and portray the many perspectives that exist both inside and outside of the sport. Is it really ‘art’ as one competitive athlete told me? What does it take to be a fighter and make a career of it? Why do they put everything on the line every time they enter the cage? The making of the film became a journey for me as it will be for its audiences…”
Mixed Martial Arts fans worldwide will not be disappointed as the film features well know fighters who have started the sport from its organic infancy to it’s current phenomenon. The film follows the daily lives of UFC Light-Heavyweight Champion Jon “Bones” Jones who was booted from a major highly anticipated UFC 200 bout scheduled in Las Vegas, Nevada after the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency reported Jones took a test, a test that came back positive for estrogen blockers often taken after a cycle of steroids. Former UFC light-heavyweight champion Rashad “Suga” Evans and female phonomena Ronda Rousey, former UFC Women’s Bantamweight Champion. Holly Holm who defeated Rousey, and ranked UFC fighter and 2004 Olympic Silver Medalist Sara McMann also appear in the documentary. Legends Chuck Liddel, Tito Ortiz, George St.-Pierre, are also in the film, as well as Kenny Florian, Urijah Faber, Ken Shamrock, Bas Rutten, Josh Barnett and many more.